Feeding is about nourishment, relationship, community and communication.
The birth of this book was, very appropriately, in my mother’s kitchen. That’s where my brother, tired of hearing me talk for years about me wanting to write a book for parents, took out a little spiral bound pad and a pen, and had me list off the general topics I would want to cover. Voila! Next step was a week away on my own in hot and sunny Arizona, to get down to the nitty gritty of the outline and to start writing. It was all in my head already. After all, I had been talking to families and educators about the same thing for so many years! I wanted to share the simple approach that I had adopted, one that let parents breathe a sigh of relief once they heard and understood that feeding their children could be simple and not stressful. I want to acknowledge the work of the world’s expert in feeding children: Ellyn Satter. She pioneered and developed the concepts of the Division of Responsibility in Feeding. My book’s “four steps” are grounded on my interpretation of her work. Go to ellynsatterinstitute.org for more information. As she says “When the joy goes out of eating, nutrition suffers”.
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Four simple steps. That’s all it really takes to master healthy feeding and growing healthy kids. Leccisi does a great job of simplifying nutrition and feeding so that all parents can be successful in growing healthy children. Author of Eat Like a Champion: Performance Nutrition for Your Young Athlete and Co-author of Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School. Jill Castle, MS, RD, CDN
Leccisi has written a readable and accessible recipe for parents who want their kids to eat right. This book is a great place for parents to start that journey. Author of It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits To Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating. Dina Rose, PhD
In this easy-to-read book, nutritionist Katja Leccisi offers simple steps to help you reduce strife during family meals; develop meal schedules that suit your family; simplify meal planning; and encourage your kids to make good food choices and develop reasonable eating habits. With helpful guidelines, practical suggestions, extra resources, and a deep understanding of the challenges parents face when it comes to feeding their kids, Leccisi empowers all parents – both experienced cooks and those who are just venturing into the kitchen – to help their families enjoy healthier, happier meals together. Shirin Sherkat, Psy.D.
This book was a fast read, with plenty of common sense, but useful advice for how to get your children eating a nutritious diet. My son is 9, and I wish I had read this earlier! Nevertheless, Ms. Leccisi gives helpful pointers for parents with kids of any age. Some of it we already knew. But other things we kind of knew weren’t right, but we did them anyways, because we couldn’t really figure out why they weren’t such a good idea. One example is preparing a different meal from what you’re eating every night. You’ll need to read the book to find out why that can lead to problems further down the road, and how you can fix the issue. I like the fact that the book is well written, and that the author is encouraging–not judgmental. Plus, she gives lots of other resources to consult for recipes, etc.
After reading this little gem of a book I am sooo inspired to create a healthy eating environment for my child…and for ourselves. Katja Leccisi has given lots of simple, grounded, common sense advise to start implementing into our lives, like eating together at the dinner table and saving indigestible dinner conversation for another time. This book provides the secret ingredients for healthy nourishment beyond just what you eat, but how you eat. I see myself playing a key role in our little family in the years to come.
Quick and easy read, great for any parent with a “busy schedule” (haha that’s every parent). Loved the tips and how relatable it was.